What Stood Out: Musings from the G League Ignite win

Musings from the G League Ignite’s win:

The G Football League Ignite made its regular season debut against the Santa Cruz Warriors on Wednesday morning. They were able to beat the Warriors 109–104 and hit a W. While there are former NBA vets on Ignite, notably Jarrett Jack and Amir Johnson, intrigue lies with young people.

Jonathan Kuminga, Jalan Green, Dyson Nix and Isaiah Todd all attended high school. Each opted for a year to develop G-League vs. playing college basketball. All four players showed some tricky flashes during the game; Let’s take a look at what they were.

Jonathan Kuminga:

State line: 19 points (8 out of 2, 2 for, 3-for-1), 4 assists, 2 rebellions, 2 blocks in 33 minutes

Important topic: stock up

Kumminga did little to alleviate concerns about his jumper, though his desire to fire from deep is a bit positive. His strength was very much on display, however.

In fact, let’s start there: Kumminga is a strong friend. Not only weight room strong, but functional basketball strong. He often disliked friends at drives and post-ups, which should go well for him as he continues to thrive.

The biggest surprise of the day was the demise of Kumaraminga. We didn’t see the LeBronians piercing their eyes, but they made a pair of better-than-average passes in the pick-and-roll and threw in a few reactive cases to boot. “Rim Pressure Plus Passing Chops” seems like a solid formula aggressively for positive value, even for questions about his jumper.

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If you want a brief example of a rim-pressure-plus-passing-chop point, we can start with this transition sequence

Kumminga slowed down the transition to sort his route. He crosses his right on the drive, kicks the socks off his shoulder to generate some space, then makes a nice reactive jump after attracting the other guard’s eyes.

Simple buckets are on display here. The screen forces a switch. From there, Kumeringa set his defender with a pair of hang dribbles, so that he would lose balance, run left, then spin to his right for one.

JALEN GREEN:

Line Line: 11 points (7 out of 3, 1-3 out of 2), 5 rebates, 2 assists in 28 minutes

Important topic: Informal performance

Green was ESPN’s top-ranked high school recruit, editing Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham. I don’t agree with this, but it was very easy to see the intrigue with Green. At his best, he is an explosive athlete, the kind of tough shot-making chops that teams crave.

Today it will not be good to see.

Green’s athleticism was on display in the open floor, but things converged in the half-court. Second-round pick Nico Mansion for the big boy Warriors gave Green real problems. It seems clear that more work has to be done in relation to his work, although he did flow the fluid into sidestep or stepback jumpers (which was mostly missed).

Green will have to bring it up aggressively, especially since the defense is in progress.

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Jalan Green had good and bad performances from experience during this possession.

He attempts to do a job-and-go against Mannion, but he doesn’t sell it. Mannion has not stuck his angle to the jaw, so he does not have the front foot to attack the right drive. Green tries anyway and is stoned by Mannion, forcing the action to reset.

But from there, Green feels something. He recognizes Manni’s attempt to abandon the screen and drive. He uses a subtle in and out dribble to set a stepback to his left. It misses, but it is a shot he can make and more importantly, a shot he becomes comfortable with.

This time, Green is able to force some movement with the move. Once the Mannian turns, the Green Fake is left and crosses from the right. He hangs the manion, hangs in the air, and absorbs the initial contact with the double clutches to avoid the second defender before kissing it off the glass.

Again, he is a very special athlete.

DAISHEN NIX:

State line: 12 points (3 -6 of 2, 1 of 3 from 1), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 19 bench minutes

Important topic: stock up

There are long guards, big guards, and then there is Daish Nix. Nix looks at every bit of the 6 foot 5, 224 pounds he has listed. More importantly, he plays like 6 foot 5, 224 pounds.

Like Kumminga, the Knicks regularly bounced defenders on drives. That kind of rim pressure can force rotation, which should open more passing windows for the Knicks. The pick-and-roll craft nicks were also quite encouraging.

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The Knicks had plenty of drives to impress. This was probably my favorite.

The intersection of craft, power and touch is truly incredible. His left dart to get Johnson’s ball doesn’t really lose to Mansion. He is fine, as he is on his hip with a small hope for his right to receive the mannion – put that man in jail! – Then an escape to their left to make more room. From there, he leaps into the vertical-as-that-is-standing competition and ends up through contact.

Glass.

This is terrible defense. I’m not going to praise the Knicks, because there is a lot to their decision to go to the corner.

How soon I’m going to give him props, how quickly he recognizes the defense break down (seriously, why the heck did other players convert?) And the level of zip and precision on this dart. It is right in Jack’s shooting pocket.

ISAIAH TODD

State line: 2 points (1-4 out of 2), 3 rebounds, 1 assist in 17 bench minutes

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Toad I think is a fun prospect – shooting ability, movement skills and no real idea how to consistently put those traits together to make a great basketball player. I think I want to see her more. When you were off the ball, you could feel them thinking about their responsibilities. When he was forced into situations where he simply had to react, movement skills and his equipment in general stood out.

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The big guys who can shoot are no longer rare in the NBA. The big men who might be shooting on the move, however, are a different story.

Sure, it’s a 16-foot, but it’s an incredibly smooth rep. A bit of a fake that doesn’t hit before it bangs towards the “screen”. The transfer is smooth; A small dip-it-on-catch on the catch before it flows into itself cannot get to this jumper.

13 seconds of Toad defending a guard in space. He is guard Jeremy Lin, a former NBAer who has a solid history of getting the bucket. Todd accompanies him every step of the way on the initial iso, hanging out with Lynn as he tries to throw him off with hesitation and crossover. The action shifts to the corner, where Todd uses the baseline as an extra guard to cut driving options for Lynn. The rep ends up with Toad’s weapons sky high, a pump not falling for a fake and combating the shot without dropping his legs Good thing.

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